Following on from the hardship of World War II and rationing, the fifties was a time of relative prosperity. Disposable income combined with an increase in mass media encouraged the consumption of fashion.
Women still flocked to the beauty salons for weekly styling, but now the very popular short ’50s hairstyles were quicker to cut and style, giving many women the option of a home beauty routine. Shorter hairstyles needed more frequent trimming, so in the end, women spent just as much time at the salon as they did in the 1940s.
Women’s 1950s hair came in short, medium, and long styles, matching the personality of the wearer. Short for the typical housewife, medium for the young, long for Hollywood pin ups. Each cut was as unique as the woman, shaping her face and giving her a style that only belonged to her.
Take a look at these beautiful photos to see what women’s hairstyles looked like in the 1950s.